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  • Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library


    Incurably curious? Interested in the history of medicine? Know a bit about Wikipedia? Would you like to work with us on a fantastic new project and be our Wikimedian in Residence? Building on our previous projects with Wikimedia UK and… Continue reading

  • An unexpected benefit of digitisation: 1537 more books!


    Notorious among our library staff is a collection known as simply the ‘Broadly Classified Medical’ (BCM). Comprising over 55,000 books dating back to the 1850s, much of the collection is a prime candidate for our 19th century digitisation programme. For… Continue reading

  • Sex, monsters and madness: our top ten digital works


    On the Library blog we aim to share the things in our digital library that have surprised, delighted or horrified us. We know that the blog isn’t the only way people find our digitial collections, and we were curious to… Continue reading

  • How to protect original works during digitisation


    In any digitisation project, the physical condition of the items to be digitised is crucial. A digitisation condition survey is used to ascertain if the items meet criteria for digital photography. Where there are a large number of items, a… Continue reading

  • Rémi Vincent

    Reflecting on our digital developments


    It was September 2010 when we started on our journey to build a digital library, kicking off a £19.5 million programme to transform the Wellcome Library into an innovative digital and physical destination. Five years and 20 million images later, how… Continue reading

  • Brett: then and now


    Roger Graef is a distinguished theatre producer, documentary film maker and founder of the production company Films of Record. He curated a programme of films around science on film for the 75th anniversary of the Wellcome Trust in 2011. It… Continue reading

  • Open content, code and services

    For many years the Wellcome Trust has been a leading advocate for open content. Back in 1996 the Trust was one of the original signatories of the Bermuda Principles, which agreed that human genomic sequence data should be placed in… Continue reading

  • Tracks and traces: reuniting the Camberwell House papers online


    History is often the piecing together of fragments. Archive documents are the tracks and traces of long-gone events, which the researcher looking for truth about the past follows to assemble the scraps of evidence that build up a picture. Sometimes… Continue reading

  • 100,000 digitised books in the Medical Heritage Library


    The 100,000th item to has been added to the Medical Heritage Library. The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) brings together a huge curated collection of digitised works related to health and medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, drawn from some… Continue reading

  • Cool tools for exploring the collections


    In August 2015 we asked the design firm Good, Form & Spectacle (G,F&S) to work with us (and our metadata) on a month long web development project. The result was What’s in the Library? – four prototypes of tools for… Continue reading